One Day Competition - 3D Cardinals vs Merival Papanui, Edgar MacIntosh Park 2, 3D, 21st October 2017
The excitement levels were high at Edgar MacIntosh Park with a game of cricket finally underway for the summer.
The Cardinals first challenge for the season was to try and overcome the familiar foe Merivale/Papanui 3D. Upon arrival at the ground it was obvious that this wouldn't be a traditional game of cricket with one boundary resembling the MCG in size and the other something like what you would find in a game of backyard cricket at a townhouse. The first order of the day was for James Gallagher to commence his 9 Billy Mav Hermits which he got stuck into. The Cardinals were pleased with Merivale Papanui's decision to field first with Jamie Livingstone and Kieran Williams getting well settled early. A couple of easy chances gone begging gave the Cardinals a good platform at drinks heading in at 88/0. After drinks the run rate really started to pick up with some big hitting by Kieran who eventually went on to score a well-rounded 102. Ronald Khuu had no answer to his batting masterclass and was regularly despatched with ease. With such a solid foundation being laid the Cardinals could swing the bat in the closing stages and finished out the innings 208/5.
Heading into the second innings the Cardinals rightfully had an air of confidence as earlier estimates of the pitch had 160+ as a par score for the day. Opening the bowling was James Gallagher and Nick Smithson. James Gallagher had well and truly finished his Billy Mav Hermits by this stage and it showed with him ending up face first on the pitch on two occasions on his follow through. A couple of early wickets were taken, and the scoreboard pressure began to mount quickly however a handy partnership kept the game in the balance at drinks with Merivale/Papanui heading to the sheds at 88/3. After drinks it was the Jamie Livingstone show. Having been tonked in his second over (in which James Gallagher preceded to trip himself up over the BBQ gathering a ball from the boundary screwing his leg up and heading to A & E that evening) he took the next over to regather his thoughts at fine leg and he came out firing! cleaning up the middle order with a well bowled 5/33 off 8 overs. Shortly after this spell the tail was cleaned up with Merivale/Papanui being bowled out for 131.
The Cardinals came away extremely satisfied with the victory and the way in which it was achieved with everyone able to step up when called upon whether with the ball the bat or in the field.
Hopefully this win is just a taste of things to come in the season ahead and the spring weather behaves enough to get a consistent string of games together.
MVP Kieran Williams – 3pts Jamie Livingstone – 2pts Nick Smithson – 1pt
Man of the Match: Kieran Williams
Check out the scorecard from the game.